PuffHo: “Actual Military Veterans Say Cops In Ferguson Are Excessively Armed, Untrained Wannabes”

It’s not just libertarians and those on the right who are concerned about the ‘Militarization of Police”. The Huffington Post has weighed in and they don’t like it either. This week’s experiences in Ferguson Missouri has caused the entire nation to balk at what has been happening to our police. I particularly like this image:

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From the Huff Po article:

Veterans on Ferguson
The general consensus here: if this is militarization, it’s the shittiest, least-trained, least professional military in the world, using weapons far beyond what they need, or what the military would use when doing crowd control.”

That’s correct – and right. You don’t make a cop a warrior by giving him equipment. Just like you don’t make someone a musician by giving them a musical instrument. They both require training and discipline – and lots of it. The image above, and many more, show that these officers are untrained and undisciplined. Pointing a loaded gun at someone whom you don’t intend to kill is stupid – bone stupid. And extremely dangerous.

To give a little perspective to just how much equipment has been transferred from the US military to American police forces, the UK Independent tells us that, “Ferguson shooting: US police armed with 93,763 new machine guns”. They include this image:

The militarisation of police departments across America has escalated exponentially in the years since 9/11

The militarisation of police departments across America has escalated exponentially in the years since 9/11

If Ferguson, Missouri, looks like a war zone, that may be because its police force is armed to the teeth with military equipment. In photographs from this week’s protests, officers can be seen toting assault rifles, wearing gas masks and body armour loaded with extra ammunition magazines, and riding around in mine-resistant armoured personnel carriers.”

They include a link to this New York Times graphic:

military equip

It’s frightening on many fronts.

The answer to the problems in Ferguson was not this. It was Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson.

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22 Responses to PuffHo: “Actual Military Veterans Say Cops In Ferguson Are Excessively Armed, Untrained Wannabes”

  1. MadBrad says:

    What gave Captain Johnson instant credibility and demonstrated that he has far greater leadership skills than the President, was definitely not the color of his skin. It was when he explained to the crowd and to the Nation that Almighty God is the source of his strength. At that point everybody knew that the right man was on the scene.

    The assholes in the body armor projected fear.

  2. MadBrad says:

    As for our combat veterans… I’m glad we have plenty of them on our side who will be well familiar with the use of weapons and equipment that will be siezed from Law Enforcement when that becomes the required task of the day.

  3. Uke says:

    I dunno. Look at the alternative: Would you rather all that firepower be in one, highly secured location?

    Call me crazy, but I kind of like the idea of all that juicy hardware scattered across the hinterlands and amongst the populace should we ever need to–*cough*–repurpose them. I have nothing against my town’s cops, but let’s just say they DID suddenly aspire to be the next SS, there isn’t much they could do against two or possibly three well-trained individuals intent on a nighttime assault. And then, voila, free MRAPs.

    • Jim22 says:

      All that is true. And I don’t think providing the police with good gear is bad. What is bad, though, is overusing that gear. The visuals at Ferguson show that. Armored vehicles, camo gear, helmets, body armor, snipers, etc. did not calm things down.

      This police force tried to use them as a threat – to intimidate the locals into complying. It didn’t work and the cops learned that the people will call their bluff. They look foolish threatening to shoot people if they don’t comply and then not shooting them when they don’t.

      That concept right there is frightening.

      Captain Ron Johnson did the right thing and it worked. He didn’t threaten anyone. He listened and it worked.

      • Uke says:

        Absolutely right, of course. The actual USE of aforementioned goodies is unnerving, even if their mere presence in the hinterlands is not.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        We have a National Guard. If there is a need for martial law, they should have the balls to declare it and activate the citizen soldiers of the Guard. They have plenty of armor.

        If the situation doesn’t warrant martial law and the activation of infantrymen, then it doesn’t warrant tacticool commando cops pretending to be infantry.

        • reboot says:

          PING!

          It’s a gluttony of toys that were given to them and they wanna feel like rambo.

          We got cops out here that drive in unmodified humvees thinking they are cool. I think they are dipshits.

        • Ray Davies says:

          I was talking to a General last year and asked him if the Guard would ever start shooting at civilians. His answer was a definate no. My guess is that when TSHTF they won’t have the manpower available to do us much damage. At least here in Iowa.

  4. Jim22 says:

    Anybody else notice the irony of the officers riding on top of, outside of the armored vehicles? If they were worried about getting shot they should have been inside of it. If they were not worried about getting shot why did they need to use armored vehicles?

  5. Rich says:

    Oh Jim, Jim, Jim. Stop it, stop it, stop it. Using logic again are you. Well … enough of that my fine fellow. Stop that right now!

  6. MadBrad says:

    Am I the only one who sees a big, fat, juicy target every time I see the photo at the top? The arrogance on display there BEGS for engagement.

  7. MadBrad says:

    I’ve also noted the genius on display early on when otherwise rowdy and threatening crowds of protestors walked around with their hands up saying “Don’t shoot”. Awesome job of turning on the humiliation of the heavily armed Police. Visual judo move right there.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    I was trained to be a sniper by the JFK Special Warfare Center out of Fort Bragg. I must have fallen asleep during the block of instruction in which we were taught to sit out in the open, skylined like a frigging going-out-of-business billboard. The only thing Billy Badass is missing is a flashing, neon “shoot me” sign.

    • Jim22 says:

      Glad to see you back, RD. I don’t know if you are home or are commenting from the coffee shop in Rapid City.

      Hope you and the boy had a good time. I also hope you feel better. You must have needed the break.

      We have not trashed the place too badly.

  9. reboot says:

    “PuffHo”? Bwhahahahaha!
    Thanks Jim!

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    I wore camouflage clothing to blend in to the vegetation. I didn’t want to be seen.

    When urban cops put on camouflage it is for exactly the opposite reason. It says “Look at me. I am deadly. I am a soldier and a minister of death. FEAR ME!”

    They don’t wear camouflage to blend in. They wear it to stand out.

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